Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her looks like your run-of-the-mill paranormal romance, right? It’s dark and gothy and you’re pretty sure the heroine is going to be a weepy emo princess. Well, color me surprised when I started reading this and the heroine, Ari, was swearing like a sailor from the first page and clearly did not let anyone fuck with her. This book is smarter than your average paranormal romance.

First, let’s talk about Ari. I fell in love with her from the first page just because of her attitude. Ari is awesome, okay? She grew up being bounced between foster homes and is currently being raised by a couple of bounty hunters, who are teaching her the trade. That means Ari kicks a lot of ass. (Though she’s not a superhero – the fighting is described pretty realistically, with Ari making up for her small stature by outsmarting opponents and kneeing them in the groin a lot.) I was a little skeptical when she described her odd appearance, though. Ari has silver Rapunzel-style hair which can’t be cut or dyed, teal eyes (not blue, TEAL), and a small tattoo of a crescent moon under her eye. That’s like every Mary Sue fanfiction character ever! Luckily, Ari’s personality and tenacity is enough to make up for it.

Oh, God. I’d just killed a man – my fingers flexed on the hilt of the blade – with a goddamn, fucking-ass, miniature sword.

How can you not love that?

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The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials is the sequel to one of my favorite books last year, The Maze Runner. Both books are action-heavy and feature REALLY AWESOME/SCARY monsters and places, and the characters are subjects of experiments run by  a mysterious organization called WICKED. It all sounds pretty cool, (and it all IS pretty cool!), but I can’t help but be a little disappointed by the actual writing and plot development.

If you haven’t read The Maze Runner, the premise is pretty simple: a bunch of boys are dropped into a gigantic labyrinth with no memories of where they came from or explanation of why they’re there. So they start exploring the maze, trying to find a way out. But if you don’t get back to the center of the maze (known as the Glade) by nightfall, the entrances to the maze close and terrifying monsters called Grievers will kill you. Grievers are like giant slugs with deadly Edward Scissorhands appendages. Fun, right?

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